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Politicians warned against interfering in church elections

Rev William Tembo

The Livingstonia Synod of Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) has warned politicians against the tendency of interfering with the church’s elections for political gains.

The synod is expected to hold elections for the post of a Deputy General Secretary, and Moderator-Elect scheduled for September this year but already some politicians have started hopping into the process according to the synod.

The church has warned to name and shame such individuals as such tendencies put the church at awkward political inclinations.

The synod’s General Secretary Reverend William Tembo has told us that some politicians lean towards some of the candidates, pledging to provide them financial support.

“Some politicians have their own candidates within the church. This is unacceptable and we do not want this to continue. We are a church and we have our own way of doing things,

“Let the politicians do their politics and leave us alone. We do not interfere with politics. We just give advice to the politicians because we are not politicians,” Tembo said.

Efforts to speak to Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) spokesperson proved futile but Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM publicity secretaries Reverend Maurice Munthali and Frank Mwenefumbo respectively distanced their members away from the issue at hand.

“Tell the synod to name and shame the politicians in God’s name. It’s not good for them to create such suspicion,” Mwenefumbo said.

Meanwhile, Tembo has advised interested candidates vying for the vacant positions in the synod to refrain from campaigning.

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